Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain strongly condemns arrests and harassment of its members in Bangladesh
London UK, 4th September 2009 – Hizb ut-Tahrir in Bangladesh organized a rally outside the national mosque after Jummah prayers calling for the re-establishment of the Khilafah and a unified Muslim Army. The rally was called ‘Badr Victory rally’ in remembrance of the victory of the Islamic state against the Quraysh at the Battle of Badr on 17th Ramadhan in the second year of Hijrah. However, the police prevented the rally and arrested 30 members and activists of the party.
Several thousand Muslims attended the rally. When they gathered to hold the rally after the prayers, plain clothed officers started arresting them. The police snatched the shahadah flags, banners and placards from party members. They even arrested the general public who protested against their illegal actions.
In reaction to the government’s actions, Bangla Media Spokesman, Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain, Mujibul Islam, issued a statement condemning the arrests and demanded the immediate release of those who were arrested.
He also said that by preventing the ‘Badr Victory rally’, the government has proven that it stands against the victory of Islam and supports imperialist domination. The current government of Sheikh Hasina is doing everything in its capacity to maintain imperialist domination over the country by colluding with India to murder the army officers in Pilkhana and is also plotting to grant transit rights to India, while doing nothing against India’s Tipaimukh damn project.
Furthermore, they are planning to reduce the manpower of the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) by 30% and weaken the country’s defence forces, and will withdraw the army from the Chittagong Hill Tracts at the behest of the imperialists.
He concluded by making the following demands:
1. The government of Sheikh Hasina, which has committed heinous crimes in its first eight months, must not be allowed to complete even half its term, let alone the full five-year term.
2. The BNP alliance is not an alternative to the government of Sheikh Hasina and the Awami League alliance. The people must not place hope in any individuals or parties who serve imperialist America, Britain and India.
3. Muslims must resist all imperialist plans to dominate the country. The people of influence and power have to resist the conspiracies to weaken the defence forces of the country.
4. It is an Islamic obligation upon the Muslims to join the movement for removing the current rulers and re-establishing the Khilafah. In particular, the people of influence and power must rush forward to support Hizb ut-Tahrir, which is leading this movement.